Published : Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | 11:47 AM
Boston Court Pasadena presents Alexander Miller: To… Oblivion – Historic Landmarks Around Los Angeles on Friday, October 25 at 8:00 p.m. This multi-media project, conceived and performed by Miller, uses electric guitar, sound effects and visuals to describe six seminal landmarks in the Los Angeles area that have been either indelibly altered or destroyed. This will be the first time his album, To… Oblivion is performed live in a concert setting, in its entirety.
The landmarks include places such as the Dunbar Hotel, the Zanja Madre and the Belmont Tunnel, among others. These locations are symbols of larger issues that have shaped the city, such as race, water access, or public transportation’s impact on the development of the city. The suite of songs is named for a banner from the last of the Red Car subway cars to carry passengers, moving through the Belmont Tunnel.
In an interview with New Classic LA Miller expands on the multi-media aspect of the performance, “To….Oblivion is a solo electric guitar, with electronics and a video slideshow. The electronics include both live processing of the guitar as well as recorded sounds which aim to capture an impression of the acoustic environment of each site.”
Miller explained the process of exploring the landmarks for his album to LAist, “I needed to hear the sounds before fully committing to each of these locations, to make sure that they would really resonate and speak to me. You’re often just working in isolation in a room, and just imagining sounds, and hoping that they’ll reach someone outside of that room one day. [It] was an adventure.
For tickets and more information, please visit www.bostoncourtpasadena.org or call (626) 683-6801.